Travel Contests: Week of April 9, 2014

The Emerald Sky in Budapest

This week’s travel contests include: Blogger Contest: Win a Emerald Waterways European River Cruise for Two! (JohnnyJet.com contest) Win one of 52 trips to Australia Win a 7-day trip to your dream destination for two from Switchfly (Twitter contest; Johnny is a judge!) Win a luxurious summer trip for two to Hawaii from InsideHook and others Win […]

Travel Contests: Week of April 2, 2014

The Emerald Sky in Budapest

This week’s travel contests include: Blogger Contest: Win a Emerald Waterways European River Cruise for Two! (JohnnyJet.com contest) Win one of 52 trips to Australia Win a 7-day trip to your dream destination for two from Switchfly (Twitter contest; Johnny is a judge!) Win an 11-day safari-themed trip for two to South Africa Win a free […]

My Most Embarrassing Travel Story Involving a Japanese Ryokan

Maikos (geisha apprentices)

In 2005 I went on a Memoirs of a Geisha fam trip where they took me to all the sites that were mentioned in the book/movie.  We checked into an above average ryokan called Sento (a traditional Japanese inn). It was located in the center of Kinosaki and it did not look like much from […]

A unified tourism model in Southeast Asia? Takeaways from ASEAN’s 33rd ATF in Malaysia

Southeast Asia’s 10 countries are bonding…like Borneo orangutans

The idea of the whole being greater than the sum of its parts is not lost on Southeast Asia. The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is an organization comparable to the European Union with its enduring effort to achieve regional solidarity. Recently, the 33rd annual ASEAN Tourism Forum (ATF) took place in Kuching, a city in Malaysian Borneo. […]

A quick stop in Penang, Malaysia: The Pearl of the Orient

Kek Lok Si in Penang

By George Rajna We’ve been to Penang, Malaysia quite a few times since first visiting the island in 2009, and each time we return only enhances my appreciation for the island known as the “Pearl of the Orient” (due in part to its rich, multicultural heritage). Our original visit focused on the touristy section of […]

Travel News: Week of December 11, 2013

AA-US

Top Travel News What to Expect: The American Airlines-US Airways Merger Amex Platinum Losing AA/US Lounge Access; New Centurion Lounges Announced for LGA and SFO For Sale at Delta: Elite-Qualifying Miles U.S. State Department issues warning about crime in Venezuela You can now apply for TSA PreCheck—in Indiana Gogo moves a step closer to international […]

Palawan, the Philippines from above and below

Sabang Beach on the Philippine island of Palawan

By George Rajna Having heard that Palawan in the Philippines is a worthwhile destination from a variety of travelers over the years, I was excited to be heading to the island’s capital, Puerto Princesa. Rissa Gatdula-Lumontad and Ricky Tio at Cebu Holiday Tours set up our accommodation and itinerary in advance, and so we were […]

Resources for Super Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines

Satellite image offers incredible evidence of #typhoon’s direct blow to Tacloban City.

Super Typhoon Haiyan walloped the Philippines a couple days ago and the pictures out of there are devastating. We are thinking of everyone in the path of the storm and hope this resource page helps you stay up-to-date on the latest news and encourages you to donate. HOW TO HELP Action Against Hunger American Jewish JDC […]